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Mental Health Week is an annual initiative hosted by the Students’ Association, in conjunction with national efforts to raise awareness about mental health. The week was filled with activities to promote the mental wellbeing of Assiniboine students and staff.

Monday, January 29, a monthly Mature Monday was hosted in the Cultural Centre, at the Victoria Avenue East Campus, over the lunch breaks. Tess Lelond , from Prairie Mountain Health, joined the conversation to provide information about mental illnesses, reducing stigma associated with mental illness, and managing stress related to academic/home life balance. Students had the opportunity to discuss related topics, ask questions and enjoy the snacks provided by the Students’ Association.

Tuesday, January 30, a Dress For Success tutorial took place in Crossroads, at the Victoria Ave. E. Campus. Lily Jardine, Mary Kay consultant and business professional, provided information on how students can dress for success in various professions. The presentation included a tie-tying demo, where business students stepped up to the plate to demonstrate how to tie a tie.

“We felt by adding a dress for success tutorial the students would be able to take in the knowledge and use it in their everyday lives. Good mental health starts with feeling good about yourself ,” said Tanya Salmon, VP of Events & Marketing for the ACC Students’ Association.

Wednesday, January 31, was Bell Let’s Talk Day. Bell Let’s Talk presentations were hosted at each of the Brandon campuses. The presentation was designed to get people thinking and talking about mental health, and to encourage people to end the stigma around mental illnesses so people who are affected by them can feel comfortable seeking the help they may need.

Students wrote positive messaging in student spaces throughout the week, and were encouraged to share their messages on social media.

Bell donated 5 cents for every post using their #BellLetsTalk, shared throughout the day. The funds raised go towards programs providing mental health resources in communities throughout Canada.

Thursday, February 1, Mindful Moments & Tea was hosted in the Crossroads, at the Victoria Ave. East Campus. Mireille Saurette, from the ACC Learning Curve, held the session and provided fair trade tea for students. Mireille also volunteers with the Marquis Project, which is a non-profit organization based in Brandon that links Manitobans with the developing world, largely promoting fair trade products available to purchase right here in Brandon.

Friday, February 2, rounded the week out with a bit of fun. Our regular ACCSA Popcorn Friday featured various popcorn seasonings for students to enjoy.